October 01, 2018 ILN Fall 2018

The Unified Patent Court: What Is the Future of Patent Litigation in Europe?

By Liz Cohen

Enforcing patents throughout Europe is likely about to change with the Unitary Patent (UP) system and the forthcoming Unified Patent Court (UPC). This new approach will allow inventors and companies to apply for and obtain patent protection through a single procedure and then enforce their rights through a pan‑European court. Currently, national and European patents are enforced in national courts. The new unitary system aims to simplify registration and renewal procedures, provide broad geographic patent protections, reduce direct and indirect costs, and end the need for parallel litigation. As such, companies could see significant reductions in their patent acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement costs for their cross-border and international patent portfolios.

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